Men OK After Being Trapped Under Tree

“It’s like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie.”

You just can’t make this up.

Two men are out of the hospital, after a tree pins them to the ground Thursday night. They were rescued by firefighters while saying a lot of prayers.

They’re ok and blessed to be alive, but there is a big hole in a tree on South Ingram Street in Henderson now; about half of an old Oak split in high wind and fell on a father and son.

Arichrie Hamilton and his 25-year-old son, Dimitri were coming home from getting a treat when they were greeted with something much bigger.

“I was coming up stairs from going to get ice cream,” Hamilton says, “told my son, look out and he fell to the ground and I fell as well.”

In an instant, a hole opened in the tree that used to cover his apartment. “I wasn't thinking, I was just reacting,” he says, “just dropped to the ground real quick.”

Firefighters had to cut the men from under the branches. They're out of the hospital with bruised backs. But what could have been, it’s hard to think about. “It could have been fatal,” Hamilton says.

There's a lot left to pick up. The tree still covers the front yard and is blocking most of the front door. It’s a small price to pay for how close it was.

“I feel blessed,” Hamilton says, “I feel really blessed.”


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